Today's News

  • Calabash teen reported missing found safe

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies said a 16-year-old Calabash girl last seen Saturday night, May 16, has been found safe.

    Spring Johnson of Cedar Tree Lane was located, though no other details were available from a Monday morning, May 18, news release.

  • Cheers to play in all-star basketball game

     West Brunswick senior Gray Cheers has been selected to play in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star men’s basketball game.

    The game features some of the top graduated senior basketball players in the state.

    The basketball game will be played July 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    Cheers is one of 10 players on the East roster, which includes Hoggard’s Trae Bryant and Whiteville’s Shaun Kirk. Cheers will continue his basketball career at Hampden-Sydney.

  • Scorpions advance to third round in softball playoffs

     North Brunswick advanced to the third round of the Class 2A state softball playoffs by beating No. 22 North Pitt 7-0 Saturday, May 16, in Leland.

    The No. 6 Scorpions (18-5) will play on Tuesday, May 19, at No. 3 Beddingfield (18-1).

    North Pitt finishes 16-8.


    Against North Pitt, Preston Ellenberg (7-2) was the winning pitcher. She gave up five hits and one walk in the seven-inning game. She hit two batters and struck out nine.


  • VIDEO: Scorpions win another state boys’ track title


    GREENSBORO — North Brunswick won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A boys’ track-and-field state championship Saturday, May 16, at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina State A&T University.

    The victory was North’s second straight outdoor title. Including indoor titles, the Scorpions, coached by Garry Bishop, have won four straight track state championships.

  • Employees placed on leave after first-grader found asleep on school bus

    Two Brunswick County Schools employees in the transportation department have been placed on leave after a sleeping student was left on a school bus unattended Wednesday morning, May 13.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said bus driver Evelyn Miller and bus monitor Roswitha Delts are on paid administrative leave after leaving a Virginia Williamson Elementary School first-grade girl on the bus Wednesday morning at Cedar Grove Middle School.

  • Shallotte man arrested on drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested a Shallotte man who faces several drug charges.

    Joe Junior Bell, 34, of Hale Swamp Road, is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking MDMA, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, manufacture, sell or deliver MDMA, maintaining a dwelling house used for keeping and selling heroin and MDMA, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Three charged with killing Leland mother of two

    Three people are accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old Leland woman who was reported missing more than two weeks ago.

    Detectives arrested 31-year-old Michael Jesse Williams of Whiteville and 18-year-old Kayla Turner of Leland and charged each with murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the death of Alicia Marie Deans, a mother of two who was reported missing April 28, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher wrote in a Friday, May 15, news release.

  • Detectives seek information about Southport trailer theft

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's assistance regarding the larceny of a trailer in Southport.

    Deputies were called to Sykes Welding at 8168 River Road at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, May 14, about the theft, which happened sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, and 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. The trailer is homemade (no manufacturer), 4 feet by 8 feet and red with black diamond plate flooring. It contained a blue Miller Trail Blazer welding machine and a stainless steel diamond plate toolbox.

  • West Brunswick, North Brunswick win in softball playoffs

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick softball team routed Union Pines 15-0 May 13 in the Class 3A state playoffs.

    West, seeded No. 11, is 19-5. Union Pines, seeded No. 22, finished the season 8-12.

    Leilani Emile hit a home run, her ninth of the season, and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

    Haley Long was 3-for-3. Myah Morse hit a double and had three RBIs. McKenzie Benton was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Ariana Thomas was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

  • West Brunswick loses in first round of baseball playoffs

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick lost 4-1 to South Johnston on May 13 in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A baseball state playoffs.

    South Johnston junior Joe Johnson struck out eight in the seven-inning game. He gave up six hits — two in the final inning — and walked four.

    Johnson also hit a home run to right field in the third inning, tying the score 1-1. The home run was his eighth of the year.